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Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) AAS

Associate in Applied Science Code 5355

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Karen Baber, 309-796-5362, baberk@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to clients and function as members of nursing and health teams. Upon completion of the program, a graduate may be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Registered nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, and community agencies.

The curriculum for nursing is career-oriented. The program is accredited by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia (www.acenursing.org).

Each applicant must meet the following admission requirements and will be evaluated on an individual basis:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Top 25% of high school graduation class or consent of nursing department.
  3. ACT composite score of 20 or above if applicant has graduated from high school within the past five years and has taken no college courses.
  4. Any developmental courses that are required as determined by ASSET or COMPASS scores.
  5. A 2.7 (C+) cumulative grade point average in college courses. Minimum of nine college level credit hours required if out of high school over five years or does not meet high school requirements.
  6. Completion of pre-admission test.
  7.  Completion of Prospective Nursing Student Orientation.
  8. Physically able to provide client care.
  9. Transfer students are admitted into the ADN program on an individual basis. In addition to following transfer admission guidelines (see index), a transfer student intending to enroll in the ADN program must produce unofficial transcripts at their individual conference with nursing faculty and/or nursing advisor.

Students should refer to Nursing Program Booklet and ADN Student Handbook for additional guidelines.

Students with chronic health problems or physical disabilities will be accepted unless the health problem or disability is such that the student would be unable to complete the objectives of the program. (See technical abilities required by health care programs.)

Students with chronic health problems or physical disabilities will be accepted unless the health problem or disability is such that the student would be unable to complete the objectives of the program. (See Technical Abilities Required by Health Care Programs for more information.)

For Licensed Practical Nurses who desire advanced placement, the same admission procedures apply. Once accepted into the nursing program, the LPN then takes NURS 112P-LPN Transitions. Upon successfully passing the Transition course, LPNs will receive credit for NURS 112. The NURS 112P course will remain current for one year after completion.

All students must achieve grades of “B” or above in BIOL 145 and 146 and a “C” or above in all other required general education courses.

Required general education courses may be repeated until a “C” grade is earned but the student may have to drop out of nursing in order for the course to be properly sequenced in the nursing curriculum.

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all nursing courses. If a lower grade is earned the course may be repeated once. If the student fails to earn a grade of “C” or better on the second attempt, they will be dismissed from the program. A second failure to earn a “C” in subsequent nursing courses, even though the first course may have been successfully repeated, is also grounds for dismissal.

Students returning to the nursing program after a period of absence will be evaluated on an individual basis as to both theory and clinical competencies before re-admission.

Non-nursing courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the nursing courses in the same level, unless permission is obtained from the Associate Degree Nursing Department to alter the plan.

Laboratory fees for nursing courses are approximately $400 per semester. These are in addition to other College fees.

Students must successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic programs and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.

Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5355
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
Pre-Requisite Courses
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
BIOL 145 — Anatomy-Physiology I (4)

First Semester – Level I
NURS 112 — Nursing Concepts I (10)
NURS 138 — Introduction to Professional Nursing (1)
BIOL 146 — Anatomy-Physiology II (4)
PSYC 200 — Human Growth and Development (3)

Second Semester – Level II
NURS 122A — Psychosocial Nursing Concepts (5)
NURS 122B — Physiological Nursing Concepts (5)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)

Summer Semester
BIOL 261 — Microbiology (4)
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communications  or  (3)
ANTH 102 — Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  or
PHIL 100 — Logic or
PHIL 103 — Ethics  or a foreign language course

Third Semester – Level III
NURS 216 — Nursing Concepts III (10)
*Mathematics Elective (3)

Fourth Semester – Level IV
NURS 226 — Nursing Concepts IV (10)
NURS 230 — Transition into Practice (2)
SOC 264 — Social Psychology of Aging (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (72)

*100 level math course

Completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program does not automatically guarantee a graduate the right to take the National Council Licensing Examination or to become licensed as a registered nurse. The student is bound by the Illinois Nursing Act Section 8 and Section 15. For more information, refer to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules – Administrative Code: http://www.ilga.gov.commission/jcar/admincode/068/068013000A0100R.html

Courses for this program include: »

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to culture, as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the human species that encompasses social organization, technology, economics, religion, and language as used by various peoples, in both traditional and technologically advanced societies. IAI: SI 901N

BIOL 145 Anatomy Physiology I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Students must complete both #1 & #2 below or have instructor approval.
1. Biology 100, 101, or 105 and Chemistry 101 or 110 with a “C” or better; or a score of 70% or higher on the Anatomy and Physiology placement exam.
2. REA 098 & MATH 080 (or COMPASS equivalent) and students must be eligible for (as determined by COMPASS score or other assessment) or currently enrolled in college-level English courses (100-level or greater). A systematic study of the anatomical-physiological aspects of the human body. Topics include homeostasis, biomolecules, cytology, histology, as well as integumentary, skeleto-muscular, nervous and endocrine systems.

BIOL 146 Anatomy Physiology II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 145 “C” or better.
Continuation of BIOL 145. Systematic study of cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Fluids, electrolytes, acid-base balance, metabolism, and human development are also studied.

BIOL 261 Microbiology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 105 or 145 or instructor consent.
The study of microorganisms including historical background, morphology, physiology, growth, identification, genetics, control, immunology, and diseases. Laboratory is stressed.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

NURS 112 Nursing Concepts I
10 cr. hrs.;
8 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Progam, PSYC 101 “C” or better, and BIOL 145 “B” or better.
Nursing Concepts I is an introductory course focusing on the study and practice of principles and skills basic to the nursing of all ages. The nursing process is introduced as the bases for nursing care. Human needs basic to all individuals will be identified with an emphasis on the nursing process as it is used to assist persons to meet basic needs they are unable to meet themselves. Principles of assessment and care as they relate to concepts of stress, pain, immobility, infection and inflammation, and pharmacology are also included.

NURS 122A Psychosocial Nursing Concepts
5 cr. hrs.;
3.5 lecture hours; 4.5 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 112 or NURS 112P, NURS 138, and PSYC 200 “C” or better and BIOL 145 “B” or better.
Psychosocial Nursing Concepts is designed to assist students in developing critical thinking skills as they utilize the nursing process and nursing skills to plan and provide care for selected clients. This course will include the nursing care and management of pediatric, adolescent and adult clients with a focus on the nurse’s role in the care of individuals who experience difficulty with psychosocial adaptation.

NURS 122B Physiological Nursing Concepts
5 cr. hrs.;
3.5 lecture hours; 4.5 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 112 or NURS 112P, NURS 138, and PSYC 200 “C” or better and BIOL 145 “B” or better.
Physiologic Nursing Concepts focuses on the Problems of fluid and electrolytes, acid/base balance, metabolism, tissue perfusion, and altered protection. This course is designed to assist students in developing critical thinking skills as they utilized the nursing process and nursing skills to plan and provide care for selected clients. This course will include the nursing care and management of adult clients with fluid/electrolyte and acid/base imbalances, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, cancer and problems of the immune system.

NURS 138 Intro to Professional Nursing
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 112 or NURS 100. For transfer students, concurrent enrollment in NURS 122A, NURS 122B or NURS 216.
Introduction to Professional Nursing provides the Associate in Applied Science Degree Nursing students with a foundation for future classes and professional practice through increased understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Professional Registered Nurse and the current and projected practice environment. This course serves to synthesize prerequisite knowledge, and to prepare students for the rigors of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and practice subsequent to graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination.

NURS 216 Nursing Concepts III
10 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 12 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 122A, NURS 122B, BIOL 261, ENG 101 and SPEC 175 or ANTH 102 or PHIL 103 or PHIL 100 or foreign language course “C” or  better.
Nursing Concepts III focuses on the nurse’s role in the care of infants, children, and adolescents; pregnant, laboring, or postpartum women, their newborn(s) and significant other(s); and individuals who experience difficulty with aging, chronic illness and/or disability. The student will utilize the nursing process within the nurse-client relationship in assisting clients and their families achieve or maintain their optimal level of wellness. This course is designed to assist students in developing critical thinking skills as they utilize the nursing process and nursing skills to plan and provide care for selected clients. This course will include the nursing care and management of clients during pre-pregnancy, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum; who are younger than 18 years; and across the lifespan who are coping with altered nutritional, mobility, or sensory status; gastrointestinal conditions; chronic conditions; and age related changes.

NURS 226 Nursing Concepts IV
10 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 12 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 216 and MATH elective “C” or better.
Nursing Concepts IV focuses on the nurse’s role in the care of individuals who experience difficulty with oxygenation, fluid and electrolytes, mobility, sensation, cognition, regulation and metabolism, trauma and care coordination. Learning experiences are designed to foster increased depth and understanding of altered homeostasis and its effect on the client and their family. Emphasis is placed on experiences to enhance utilization of the nursing process and develop critical thinking techniques as they apply to the more seriously ill client. Prototypes of health problems will be used to represent the selected concepts.

NURS 230 Transition into Practice
1 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NURS 216 and MATH 216 elective “C” or better.
The career aspects of nursing are explored on a seminar basis with the focus for discussion topics on successful functioning as a registered nurse. Content will build upon the concepts introduced in NURS 138, Introduction to Professional Nursing. Content will include issues and responsibilities in nursing, current trends in healthcare and implications for the registered nurse, legal implications of licensure as a registered nurse, moral and ethical responsibilities of the registered nurse; development through continuing education and participation in professional organizations, the responsibilities of the nurse as a contributing member of a community, and practice with NCLEX-RN style questions in preparation for taking the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure.

PHIL 100 Logic
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduces the student to formal and informal logic. Examines logical fallacies that are found in everyday arguments as well as the basics of symbolic logic. IAI: H4 906

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

PSYC 200 Human Growth and Development
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Explores the neurobiological, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from conception through adulthood. Examines theories and principles of human development in light of contemporary research, emphasizing normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands. IAI: S6 902

SOC 264 Social Psychology of Aging
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The sociological study of the origins, causes, control and definitions of deviance and deviant behavior. Includes criminality, mental disorders, drug use, and sexuality. IAI: S6 905

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.


Last updated 11/14/2014